According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the Lionsgate film ‘Chaos Walking’, directed by Doug Liman (‘Edge of Tomorrow/Live Die Repeat’) and starring two of the hottest young stars in Hollywood, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Tom Holland and ‘Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley, is so bad the studio has deemed it “unreleasable.” Holland recently had to skip the premiere of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ as he is back in Atlanta involved in massive reshoots in an effort to salvage ‘Chaos Walking’.
According to a source speaking to the WSJ:
“[The first cut of Chaos Walking] turned out so poorly that it was deemed unreleasable by executives who watched initial cuts last year, according to current and former employees.”
Reportedly, these reshoots have driven the film’s production budget north of $100 million. At one point, around 2013, ‘Chaos Walking’ was eyed as a potential trilogy. Now it looks as though we’ll be lucky to get one movie. Obviously, the picture didn’t make its original release date which would have been last month, on March 1st. It is now expected to arrive sometime in 2020.
The cast also includes Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Mylène Dinh-Robic, Nick Jonas, and David Oyelowo. The script was co-written by Charlie Kaufman, Jamie Linden, Patrick Ness, Lindsey Beer, Gary Spinelli, and John Lee Hancock. It was based on the books by Patrick Ness.
The storyline is set in “A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each others’ thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.”
Maybe it would be best for everyone involved if they just moved on. Liman is expected to direct the sequel ‘Live Die Repeat and Repeat’. Holland appears in the biggest movie in the world right now, ‘Avengers: Endgame’, which many expect to be a record-breaker. If it does break records, it will be those set by ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, in which Ridley starred. Her final (?) ‘Star Wars’ movie, ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ opens on December 20. If it doesn’t break records itself, it’s at least still guaranteed to be a massive smash. And Holland has one more visit to the Marvel Universe coming later this year, in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ on July 5.